There’s certainly not a lot of trance left on the main stage these days, though Above & Beyond are one of the few still there, thanks largely to their Frankenstein trance/EDM hybrid they’ve engineered with Anjunabeats comrades like Genix. And ‘Durban’ packages these thrills in a fashion that gets everything right. Those delicious melodies keep things authentic for trance fans and the euphoria is real, while its mighty drop brings the thunder. Impossible to resist.
Rolling at a techno tempo, the four tracks from the sometime Fog drummer and Andrew Bird associate Dosh and his partnership with Ghostband are immediately quite different from the material you might expect — and purposefully so. Whilst they certainly retain some of the switches and unpredictability of Dosh’s solo work, it’s all a completely different beast that feeds off bleeps, squelches and acid basslines as much as it does organ voicing and percussion layering.
Marcus Marr, who brought us the unforgettable, sleazy acid-disco highlight of 2013, ‘Purple Moon’, turns to this recent single from Royksopp & Robyn and adds a generous measure of his talent. Appearing as vocal mix and dub versions, Marr’s production twists a darker, but quite suitable, nu-disco zest into the sombre original.
The fourth release on the boutique label Little Corner feels like it’s taken a bigger stride out onto the centre of the dancefloor. Two grime-influenced cuts delivered with the frenetic percussion precision of ‘Wad’-era Pearson Sound.